Here is a screenshot of my Midterm project. I still have some tweaking to do with the paragraph lines, kerning, etc but you will get the idea. Any suggestions are most welcome!
This project presented some problems for me, such as wanting to do too much and not having the skills yet. So, once I got over that frustration, I decided to go with the simplistic style. I have decided layers are my best friend and gradients are not. I can see how I want it to look in my mind, but am unable (so far) to really make it look the way I want. I wanted to have the background be a nice gray/white gradient (with gray at top and bottom about an inch so that it would draw the eye to the middle) but that proved to be hours of fruitless searching in the book and online tutorials. The upside was I learned little tricks and whatnot viewing videos on YouTube.com.
The title was fun. I typed it on a curved path and then made it an outline so I could put color into it. The border touches I did by simply drawing a line (and using the ruler, guides and grid lines for consistency).
One thing I did do was apply a gradient to the borders around each picture. I thought it drew the eye to look at them which will help reinforce the subtle message of the pictures I chose (such as the handshaking monitors–forming a partnership, working with me and my company etc). The bullets and the drop cap proved to be a lesson in frustration as well. Trying to get those silly bullets to align where I wanted took some doing. To overcome it, I simple “removed” the bullets and shifted the whole block over. So, while it is still has the bullets, the formatting application for bullets is not really there anymore. I thought myself rather clever. 🙂
Overall, this project really helped me gain some more skill and understanding about the different tools and fun applications you can implement into your projects. I am pleased with how my flyer turned out and hope to use it in some form when I start my business.